Brockway exposes Western mythic thought from Paleolithic times to the present. Myth and mythic thinking did not cease with the rise of science and philosophy during the Enlightenment, but continue to flourish in modern times. The author shows how mythic themes continue to occur in both high culture and popular arts.
Ranging from the playful, to the fact-filled, and to the thoughtful, this collection tracks the fortunes of Walt Disney’s flagship character. From the first full-fledged review of his screen debut in November 1928 to the present day, Mickey Mouse has won millions of fans and charmed even the harshest of critics. Almost half of the eighty-one texts in A Mickey Mouse Reader document the Mouse’s rise to glory from that first cartoon, Steamboat Willie, through his seventh year when his first color animation, The Band Concert, was released. They include two important early critiques, one by the American culture critic Gilbert Seldes and one by the famed English novelist E. M. Forster. Articles and essays chronicle the continued rise of Mickey Mouse to the rank of true icon. He remains arguably the most vivid graphic expression to date of key traits of the American character—pluck, cheerfulness, innocence, energy, and fidelity to family and friends. Among press reports in the book is one from June 1944 that puts to rest the urban legend that “Mickey Mouse” was a password or code word on D-Day. It was, however, the password for a major pre-invasion briefing. Other items illuminate the origins of “Mickey Mouse” as a term for things deemed petty or unsophisticated. One piece explains how Walt and brother Roy Disney, almost single-handedly, invented the strategy of corporate synergy by tagging sales of Mickey Mouse toys and goods to the release of Mickey’s latest cartoons shorts. In two especially interesting essays, Maurice Sendak and John Updike look back over the years and give their personal reflections on the character they loved as boys growing up in the 1930s.
Includes Everything You Need to Draw Your Favorite Disney Characters, Including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy!
Author: Disney Storybook Artists
Publisher: Walter Foster Pub
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
For more than 80 years, Mickey Mouse has delighted and inspired generations of Disney fans. No other character, classic or contemporary, occupies a similar space in the hearts and minds of people from around the world. In Learn to Draw Mickey Mouse and His Friends Drawing Book & Kit, young artists will enjoy drawing all of their favorite classic Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Pluto, thanks to the step-in-step instructions in the colorful 32-page guide. Classic Disney story frames and tips from professional Disney artists round out the illustrated full-color book, while the kit includes a variety of fun drawing tools, including twist-up crayons, double-sided colored pencils, a drawing pencil and sharpener, eraser, stencil ruler, and loose-leaf paper. All components are beautifully packaged in a compact portable kit for easy on-the-go fun! Warning- Small parts, not for children under 3 years. Contains Functional Sharp Edges.
The first illustrated biography of the cultural life of an enduring global icon, Mickey Mouse: Emblem of the American Spirit is the compelling story of how the singular artistic vision of a unique individual took on a life of its own and became an instantly recognizable character known the worldwide. Spectacularly illustrated with rarely seen archive images, art historian Garry Apgar, weaves a fascinating narrative about the nature of creation, changing generations, and how a fictional character came to embody the personality of a nation. Since his modest debut in 1928, Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse has evolved into arguably the world’s most recognized — and beloved — fictional figure. Mickey Mouse: Emblem of the American Spirit is the illustrated biography of a unique cartoon character, his life and times, and his impact and influence around the world in art and literature. Part art history and part cultural study, Apgar’s Mickey Mouse narrates how the character was initially developed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, how his irrepressible spirit grew to huge popularity during the Depression, his influence on artists and animators and how he became a politically charged cultural icon of international reach. With more than 400 marvelous images, Mickey Mouse is a worthy successor to one of the most successful and influential illustrated art books on American popular culture ever published, The Art of Walt Disney . Join Apgar and The Walt Disney Family Museum on the historic journey of this American icon.
Since his modest debut in 1928, Walt Disney’s creation Mickey Mouse has become one of the world’s most recognized and beloved characters. This gorgeous art book gathers original art, drawings, animation cels, and artifacts from a groundbreaking, original exhibition at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, with text by noted Disney animator Andreas Deja. Lavishly illustrated with gorgeous art, some of it never before see by the public and published in book form. Trace the history of the world’s most famous character from the eight-minute black-and-white short, Steamboat Willie to his appearance as an Andy Warhol pop-art legend and beyond.